New Molalla Elementary School Principal Announced
New Molalla Elementary School Principal Announced
Posted on 05/11/2018
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A finalist has been selected to serve as the new principal at Molalla Elementary School beginning next school year.

Superintendent Mann said, “Our selection process included interviews with teacher and staff committees, other administrators and a number of parents from across the community, and the choice was clear.  I will be recommending Linda Brecht-Kwirant to serve as the next principal at Molalla Elementary.”

 “Our success in schools is built upon positive relationships with teachers, students and parents,” said Brecht-Kwirant. “I was so impressed when I visited Molalla Elementary School.  I looked around and saw a genuine care for children and adults passionate about their work.  This is a special place.  I asked myself at the end, ‘Who wouldn’t want to be a part of Molalla!’”

Brecht-Kwirant graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and she went on to earn two Master’s Degrees – one in Teaching English as a Second Language and the other in Educational Leadership.

“I really enjoy supporting teachers and staff as they do everything to make school a special place.  I believe high-functioning, effective schools are places where staff and students want to be,” says Brecht-Kwirant, “I believe exceptional schools are mission-driven and do whatever it takes to remove barriers and create opportunities for every student to excel.”

With experience as an elementary teacher and principal, Brecht-Kwirant is bilingual in English and Spanish and currently serves as principal at Corning Elementary School in Corning, Iowa.

During Brecht-Kwirant’s time as principal at Corning Elementary, the school moved from being ranked as “satisfactory” on the Iowa State Report card to receiving an above-average “Commendable” rating in 2017.  Similar to Molalla Elementary in many ways, students in her current school rated above average on all measurable indicators on that same Iowa report.

“We believe Linda brings a passionate focus on what is best for all kids to her new role at Molalla Elementary,” said Mann.  “Her references describe her as an expert in teaching and learning who leads from the heart.”

Brecht-Kwirant is excited about moving to Oregon and taking on the adventure with her husband and four children.  When she’s not at school, you might find her running, hiking or snowshoeing.

The Molalla School Board will be asked to take action on Mann’s recommendation for the appointment at their May work session. That meeting will be held at the District Offices at 412 Sweigle Avenue at 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 24.